Posted by Grace Feng on May 20, 2012
In this series you’ll meet Chinese radicals that frequently appear in Chinese characters. To make it simple for you to memorize, I’ll just simply make a beautiful card with the radical on it’s left, and one English word to explain what it symbolize on the right.
In Chinese, radical is called 部首 bù shǒu or 偏旁 piān páng. Today we’ll learn the radical that is related to “basket“: 匡 kuāng – 匚.
We have learned another container Chinese radical previously, so this is another container, a square basket.
Characters of this radical have meanings either closely related to basket, or to the shape of the radical. The following are a few examples: 医 yī (medical [doctor needs to carry a basket of medical instruments]), 匠 jiàng (craftsman [craftsman needs to carry a basket of tools]), 区 qū (area [basket brims symbolize the border of an area]), 匹 pǐ (quantifier of horses [shape of basket symbolizes the stable for horses]) etc.
Category: Chinese radicals
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